Idioms for kids are word combinations that kids use which have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word.
Idioms for Kids to Use
- Give it a shot - Try
- Speak your mind - Say what you really feel
- A piece of cake - Very easy
- Slipped my mind - I forgot
- Cross your fingers - For good luck
- Be in hot water - Be in trouble
- It cost an arm and a leg - It was expensive
- It’s in the bag - It’s a certainty
- Get cold feet - Be nervous
- A rip off - Too expensive
- Get a kick out of - Enjoy
- Read between the lines - Find the hidden meaning
- Have mixed feelings - Unsure how you feel
- Draw a blank - Can’t remember
- Have a change of heart - Changed your mind
- Be second to none - Be the best
- Get your act together - Behave properly
- Play it by ear - Improvise
- Have second thoughts - Have doubts
- A basket case - A crazy person
- Have a shot at - Have a chance
- Be in the same boat - Be in the same situation
- Out of the blue - With no warning
- A grey area - Something unclear
- Give someone the cold shoulder - Ignore someone
- I’m all ears - You have my undivided attention
- See eye to eye - Agree
- Call it a day - Time to quit
- The icing on the cake - Something additional that turns good into great
Animal Idioms for Kids
- Fish out of water - Being somewhere you don’t belong
- Kettle of fish - Something is completely different
- Get off your high horse - Quit thinking you are better than others
- Hold your horses - Wait a minute
- Horse of a different color - Something that is different
- Let the cat out of the bag - Tell a secret
- Curiosity killed the cat - Asking may get you in trouble
- Cat got your tongue? - Why aren’t you talking?
- Raining cats and dogs - It is raining very hard
- You can't teach an old dog new tricks - It’s harder for older people to learn new things
- Hot dog - A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous
- Doggy bag - A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
- A little birdie told me - Someone told me a secret
- Bee in her bonnet - She is upset
- Goose is cooked - Now you’re in trouble
- For the birds - Something that is not worth anything
- Birdbrain - Someone who is not very smart
- But a bug in his ear - Make a suggestion
- A bull in a china shop - someone who is very clumsy
- Pig out - To eat a lot
- Wolf in sheep’s clothing - A person who pretends to be nice but is not
- Cry crocodile tears - To pretend to be upset
- Make a mountain out of a molehill - Make something that is not important into a big deal
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Idioms for Kids
By YourDictionaryIdioms for kids are word combinations that kids use which have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word.
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- "Butterflies in my stomach.”
- “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
It’s raining really hard.
- “You’re a couch potato.”
- “They’re a dime a dozen.”
They are common, inexpensive, and you can get them anywhere.
- “Don’t add insult to injury.”
Don’t make it worse than it already is. Don’t mock and make someone feel worse than he already does.
- “I’m all ears.”
I’m listening intently or waiting to hear what you have to say.
- “I’m all thumbs.”
I’m clumsy or awkward. I can’t do small things with my hands.
- “You are barking up the wrong tree.”
You are looking in the wrong place or asking the wrong person.
- “I’m a basket case.”
I can’t do anything because I’m stressed out or panicked. I’m going crazy.
- “At the drop of a hat."
Do something instantly.
- “Beat around the bush.”
Talk about something, but never get to the main point. Hint at a topic or avoid a topic that you don’t want to talk about.
- “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
Don’t take on more than you can handle.
- "Bite the bullet.”
Endure a bad situation or get it over with. It’s something that has to be done, so just do it.
- "Break a leg.”
A saying that actors say to each other to mean “good luck.”
- “Quit busting my chops.”
Stop getting after me, scolding me, or harassing me.
- “By the seat of your pants.”
To do something luckily by instinct or without a lot of preparation.
- “By the skin of your teeth.”
You just barely missed that, usually talking about narrowly escaping a bad thing.
- “Call it a day.”
That’s the end of something. We are all done for today.
- “Cat nap.”
A short rest or sleep.
- “Clam up.”
To stop talking. Suddenly quiet, shy, or scared.
- “Cold shoulder.”
Be rude to someone or ignore/not talk to them.
- “Have a cow.”
Overreact, make a big deal out of something small.
- “Fit as a fiddle.”
Feeling good, nothing wrong, in good shape.
- “Make it from scratch.”
Homemade, make something from original ingredients.
- “Get bent out of shape.”
To get offended, worked up, mad, annoyed, or hurt over something.
- “Have a blast.”
To have a really good time, enjoy yourself.
- “Eyes in the back of your head.”
You can see everything, even things you are not looking at.
- “Hit the road.”
To leave, or get on your way.
- “Hit the sack, hit the hay.”
To go to bed.
- “Let the cat out of the bag.”
Reveal a secret.
- “Spill the beans.”
Tell someone’s secret.
- “Off your rocker.”
You are crazy, out of your mind, or confused.
- “Off the hook.”
You are not responsible, obligated, or blamed for something.
- “Piece of cake.”
It’s an easy or simple thing/job to do.
- “Pull your leg.”
To tease or joke with someone by telling them something false.
- “Right as rain.”
Someone or something is perfect or absolutely right.
- “Shoot the breeze.”
Talk about unimportant things or sit and chat.
- “Take the cake.”
To be really good or outstanding at something.
- “Through thick and thin.”
Through good and bad times.
- “Under the weather.”
Not feeling well, sick.
- “You can say that again.”
I strongly agree with you. That is a true statement.
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This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with idioms.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing idioms at home.
Home practice will make progress toward meeting individual language goals much faster.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week. This is not enough time or practice for someone to strengthen their understanding of idioms.
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